Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: P501
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Sports Journalism course covers all areas of journalism for sport, including print, broadcast and production, as well as theory and history of journalism.

With its outstanding employment outcomes, our Sports Journalism degree is the perfect pathway to a career in the sports media industry.

Graduates from this course have progressed to careers within the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Eurosport, ESPN, Press Association, the FA, Premier League, the RFU, Rugby Football League, newspapers, professional football (including most of the Premier League clubs) and other sports like F1 and horse racing.

You’ll study practical modules in our state-of-the-art newsrooms. These contain the latest industry-standard equipment. And you’ll be introduced to the practical skills of journalism, including the reporting of sports events using print, online, radio and TV.

You’ll be taught by experienced academics with an impressive network of contacts for you to access – perfect for securing an industry placement.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

Course content

You’ll develop your sports news, feature writing and broadcasting skills. You’ll also receive essential technical training in editing and production techniques in preparation for work placement in a sports journalism environment.

The course is taught from our state-of-the-art newsrooms, which contain the latest industry-standard equipment. You’ll participate in our Sports Newsnights which are broadcast on Facebook Live, covering the action as it happens from our broadcast newsroom or from sporting locations.

You’ll also explore media law and shorthand to National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) standards.

Our academics continue to work in the sports media industry and have an impressive network of contacts for you to access. We encourage you to participate in as much industry-related work experience as possible. The course includes a three-week assessed work placement that could help you make useful contacts that lead to future employment.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Journalism in Practice Compulsory
Writing for Sport Compulsory
Shorthand Compulsory
PR in Practice 1 Compulsory
Introduction to Media Law Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Journalism in Practice Compulsory
Writing for Sport Compulsory
Shorthand Compulsory
Journalism Studies Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Production Journalism 1 Compulsory
Professional Sports Writing Compulsory
Sports Broadcasting Compulsory
The British Media: Behind the Headlines Compulsory
Law for Journalists 2 Optional
Writing to Pictures Optional
Screening Journalism Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Future Journalism 2 Compulsory
PR Operations (Sport) Compulsory
Sports Broadcasting Compulsory
Magazine Writing and Business Practices Optional
Magazine Design, Development & Production Optional
Sports Features Optional
Production Journalism 2 Optional
Screening Journalism Optional
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Journalism Project Compulsory
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
Sports News Days Compulsory
Writing to Pictures Optional
Screening Journalism Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Journalism Project Compulsory
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
Sports News Days Compulsory
Magazine Design, Development & Production Optional
Production Journalism 2 Optional
Magazine Writing and Business Practices Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.